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The First Weeks

“A Postpartum doula is there to help a new family in those first days and weeks after bringing home a a new baby. Research shows that moms, dads and babies have an easier time with this transition if a good support team is in place.”

– American Pregnancy Association

A Postpartum doula can fill a void left by our society’s modern treatment of new mothers. Traditionally, grandmothers, aunties, and other women in the family or village, would come together to care for the new mother. They would put her to bed to rest and bond and feed her new baby. The new mother would be fed easy to digest foods and her body would be bound, massaged, and kept warm for a predetermined length of time. Her daily tasks around the home, including care of any other children, would all be seen to by others. The length of time varies between 2 weeks and 40 days. Modern science has shown us that a woman’s body is going through some pretty major physiological shifts in the first 6-8 weeks postpartum. We can now prove with evidence based information that these postpartum traditions are the way to heal and rejuvenate a new mother’s body.

What a Doula Can Do

As you move from the third trimester of your pregnancy toward the birth of your baby and the fourth trimester, there are a few simple things you can do to prepare for your postpartum period. In our western culture all eyes are on baby making its appearance and not much value is place on the the birth of the new mother. I will help you relearn and remember how to care for your body and thrive in your postpartum period.

I am passionate about helping couples transition into new families within the sanctity of their own homes. I can help with newborn basics, from bathing to breastfeeding. I can assist in meal planning, resetting and restoring your health and support you through this amazing season of your life.

There are physiological implications that explain the need for western culture to relearn ancient ways of treating new mothers during the weeks after giving birth. Postpartum traditions among non-western cultures are varied but have a couple of things in common. For example, every culture understands the importance of hot and cold during a women’s recovery and the necessity of confinement for a period of time after birth. I can help you learn how to reclaim this sacred time in your life and take control of your future health.

Breastfeeding Support

Just as your body knows how to make this baby and grow it for nine months, your body knows how to sustain and feed it once it is born. Women have been breastfeeding for centuries. Your body knows on a cellular level how to do this. Does that mean it’s going to be easy? Maybe, maybe not. But know that there are women out there that have done it and will love and support you on your unique breastfeeding journey. I would suggest your first step would be to find a Lactation class and you and your partner go together.  

Pricing

To give you the flexibility as my client, my services for postpartum care are offered at an hourly rate with a minimum of 4 hours per visit during the day and 8 hours at night.  Whether you need me for one or several visits, my practice is to customize with you the amount of support and care that is perfect for you and your family.
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Meet Cindy

My name is Cindy and I am a CAPPA certified Postpartum Doula, a certified Innate Traditions provider, a trained Lactation Educator, and an ICEA trained Birth Educator. I am on staff at the Birth Education Center in San Diego. I felt called to be a ‘mother-to-mothers’ later in life. With my degree from San Diego State University, I have spent 25 years in elementary education while raising my own family. It was the experience of being present at my first grandson’s birth that changed my career path. I have supported friends and my own daughters along the exciting, sometimes scary, journey of becoming mothers and as I look back, I see that my path was always leading me to birth work.

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